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Harvin contract in place, trade hinges on physical

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The Seahawks have made a bold, aggressive move to trade for Vikings receiver Percy Harvin, the 2009 NFL offensive rookie of the year.

And while the deal hinges on both Harvin passing a physical and the Seahawks and Harvin working out a contract, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the terms of a new contract are in place.

Harvin currently is traveling to Seattle.  On Tuesday morning, he’ll take a physical.  If he passes the physical (and it will be regarded as a shock if he doesn’t), the trade will be called in to the NFL after the new league year begins at 4:00 p.m. ET, and the contract will be signed.

Despite a report that Harvin wants to be paid in the range of Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, both of those players are in the range of $16 million.  Per the source, Harvin’s deal won’t be close.

In reality, Harvin’s deal will be more in line with the current one-up high-jump that began last year with Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson with five years, $55.5 million, and which was extended by Chiefs wideout Dwayne Bowe and his five-year, $56 million deal.

Key factors to consider when assessing Harvin’s deal include the fact that he was still under contract for one year at $2.775 million; Jackson and Bowe were both starting from scratch.  While the total money could push Harvin past the $12 million annual threshold, the new-money analysis would yield a lower average.  A

Also, Harvin has been a major pain in the butt for the Vikings, pretty much since he got there.  The Vikings were ready to move on for a reason, and the Seahawks are assuming the risk that Harvin will bring with his immense talent a penchant for causing problems.  Getting Harvin into the second tier of receiver contracts given his history would be an accomplishment.

If Harvin becomes a headache, the Seahawks can’t claim ignorance.  Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell spent two years with Harvin in Minnesota.  Bevell has seen the highs and the lows, and everything in between.

But, in reality, Bevell needs Harvin to be on his best behavior for only one year.  After making it to the interview list for multiple teams after the 2012 season, another potent performance by Seattle could launch Bevell into a head-coaching job of his own.

Which would put him miles and miles away from Seattle before Percy starts causing problems in the Pacific Northwest.

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  1. themagicman1223 says: Mar 11, 2013 10:20 PM

    So funny how all of these people want to bash the seahawks. I remember when it was I think the redskins acquired the entire draft of the Saints so the Saints could draft Ricky Williams. And what did they do with those picks? Nothing at all. What Vikes fans are forgetting is that you need to use those picks properly in order for the trade to be really a steal. The Seahawks needed a playmaker and I’m excited to see Harvin in a Hawks jersey.

  2. thepoliticalfirebrand says: Mar 11, 2013 10:24 PM

    You know, that’s a very plausible theory Florio. I could see Bevell wanting to get away while Harvin is still seeing success.

  3. rublestiltzkin says: Mar 11, 2013 10:24 PM

    First. Oh ya, and by the way, seattle just nailed the division for a good 5 years

  4. Max says: Mar 11, 2013 10:25 PM

    “But, in reality, Bevell needs Harvin to be on his best behavior for only one year. After making it to the interview list for multiple teams after the 2012 season, another potent performance by Seattle could launch Bevell into a head-coaching job of his own.”

    Good point

  5. thejuddstir says: Mar 11, 2013 10:26 PM

    And Percy’s “headaches” will eventually become Seattle’s headache because Percy can’t help being Percy. I find it interesting that Seattle keeps going to the well with ex Viking players and thus far neither Burleson, TJoke, Rice have been worth their cost. The Vikings knew of Harvin’s antics at Florida but decided to take a chance on him and finally tired of his behavior and how it affected the lockerroom.

  6. hammycheeseer says: Mar 11, 2013 10:27 PM

    Vikings will return the favor when its time for Sherman’s new contract and Seahawks have no money, since they paid too much to Sidney and Percy.

  7. bloomer006999999 says: Mar 11, 2013 10:28 PM

    That’s a lot of $$$ for a player that’s never played 16 games in a single season … and with past clashes with his coaches dating back to high school and at Florida … rest assured that he’ll be banging heads with the coaching staff at Seattle within 2 years.

  8. wludford says: Mar 11, 2013 10:29 PM

    Wonder how many Seahawks fans hope he doesn’t pass the physical after learning all the terms of the deal?

  9. mallet22 says: Mar 11, 2013 10:30 PM

    Was Bevell in the locker room when Percy threw a weight-plate at Chilly??????

  10. aces79 says: Mar 11, 2013 10:31 PM

    With money your gonna be paying Harvin i’d rather have Mike Wallace then Percy Harvin

  11. osiris33 says: Mar 11, 2013 10:32 PM

    What you people talking about? Rice caught everything thrown his way and made tons of big plays for us this year. Did you see the highlights of the Bears game?

    Seriously…

  12. shaggytoodle says: Mar 11, 2013 10:33 PM

    So let me guess he is going try in 4 years about wanting more money.

    Hopefully then he will have a 10 TD season, and over 1000 yards receiving.

    In what my opinion is a below average draft in the talent pool, the Seahawks may have got away with giving a 1st rounder.

    Its going to be hard for Harvin to be worth this kind of money though.

  13. osiris33 says: Mar 11, 2013 10:33 PM

    We have the richest owner in the NFL. We can pay anybody we want to

  14. seahawksteven777 says: Mar 11, 2013 10:34 PM

    “And Percy’s “headaches” will eventually become Seattle’s headache because Percy can’t help being Percy. I find it interesting that Seattle keeps going to the well with ex Viking players and thus far neither Burleson, TJoke, Rice have been worth their cost. The Vikings knew of Harvin’s antics at Florida but decided to take a chance on him and finally tired of his behavior and how it affected the lockerroom.”

    To be fair, Harvin is more of a proven commodity in terms of the talent of the player they are getting.

    Second, I trust Seattle knows what they are getting into with making this deal. Everyone loved to bash them for their draft picks last year, look how that worked out. When you draft as good as how Seattle has been, that plays a role into the decision.

    Also, remember when we acquired Lynch? He had off the field issues but had lots of talent. That worked out pretty good. This trade will be a good one if Harvin keeps his head straight.

  15. jazz11001 says: Mar 11, 2013 10:34 PM

    Vikes need to quit picking on the Seahags…trade Burleson, Steal Hutch with a poison pill, trade broken Sydney, Trade a poison pill in Harvin….Cmon Zygi you just plain mean brah!!!

  16. percybowl says: Mar 11, 2013 10:38 PM

    everyone thinks Percy is a problem child regardless of the situation. Incorrect. When Percy came in the league he was spoiled by the vikes. They had perhaps the 2nd best team in franchise history and he thought it was how they normally do business. What he learned was they really don’t hire any progressive coaches and offensively they have been in decline ever since. There’s a reason Adrian won MVP as a runningback, the team would be nothing without him. Percy chose the disruptive route to get out of town but he wants to spend his career playing in NFC championships and superbowls. I am a vikes fan and and a seasoned realist. Wish him well in Seattle.

  17. chawk12thman says: Mar 11, 2013 10:39 PM

    The Harvin pickup is a great move. Everyone keeps talking about how he was out after the Seahawks game last year. He actually could have played in the last few weeks and playoffs but he had been put on IR by Vikings. He argued with the coach and was disgruntled with the QB and coaching staff.

    He is a difference maker, young with 8 plus years left before he starts to fade. He will be a Hawk for a long, productive time.

  18. ponder7vikings says: Mar 11, 2013 10:40 PM

    seeing he signs a 5 year deal..

    hes looking at 60 Mil..

    it aint about the price tag we just want to make the world play football.

  19. InFact says: Mar 11, 2013 10:42 PM

    It’s interesting to note Seattle GM John Schneider, a disciple of Green Bay’s GM Ted Thompson, making this move, given Thompson doesn’t draft of trade for petulant headaches that create heartache.

    The past is prologue, so it’s no surprise to see Harvin repeat is collegial antics in the pros.

    So why should this tempest be less boiling over in Seattle than Minnesota?

  20. romosmicrodongs says: Mar 11, 2013 10:45 PM

    percy is the definition of team player, grats hawks on giving up the farm

  21. mcjon22 says: Mar 11, 2013 10:48 PM

    He’ll pass it, Just don’t touch his head

  22. trippymane says: Mar 11, 2013 10:48 PM

    Everybody saying that percy harvin is a LOCKER room cancer is clueless. Kris klewu (punter for minnie) just went on a seattlr radio station earlier and said that his locker was right next to his and that he didnt understand were all this locker room cancer stuff was coming from.

  23. themackstrong says: Mar 11, 2013 10:59 PM

    Obviously some Viking fans don’t know what a poison pill is…John Schneider has done a great job putting together in the draft and all the right pieces for this team or trades {Lynch-Rice-Miller}. Harvin is exactly the type of dynamic player we needed and we got him for the 25th pick. The fans who say it was a bad trade are clueless . How much money the team is going to spend. What does it mean to any of you besides Viking fans? Seattle fans & players love the trade. Wilson said he can’t wait for the season to start. Go Hawks!

  24. stampnhawk says: Mar 11, 2013 11:01 PM

    Didn’t Bevell re-sign a long term deal when he got passed over for coaching gig this offseason?
    Sure, he could still go.

    And Harvin can also go after 2 years if he falls apart again as well, the beauty of non guaranteed contracts.

    Seattle has to get some more rush on the QB, and the NFC West will be the division to watch.

  25. becjasl says: Mar 11, 2013 11:09 PM

    Vikes fan here. Keep percy happy and you seahawks will be good to go. Hate to see him leave but it is what it is. I hope we get good players in the draft. SKOL VIKINGS!

  26. raiderapologist says: Mar 11, 2013 11:09 PM

    themagicman1223 says: Mar 11, 2013 10:20 PM

    So funny how all of these people want to bash the seahawks. I remember when it was I think the redskins acquired the entire draft of the Saints so the Saints could draft Ricky Williams. And what did they do with those picks? Nothing at all.
    ————-
    Actually, the Redskins traded some of those picks to the Bears. The Redskins ended up with Champ Bailey and LaVar Arrington, the Saints got Williams, and the Bears got nobody. It was a bad deal for every team involved. The Hershel Walker trade worked out well for Dallas, but they almost traded Michael Irving to the Raiders before that deal went down.

  27. q1ller says: Mar 11, 2013 11:13 PM

    It’s hilarious how everyone seems to think that adding Harvin puts the Seahawks way ahead of SF. The Niners just won the division, Kaepernick is just exploding onto the scene, and SF has the most picks in the upcoming draft. Oh, and Harvin has yet to crack 1,000 yards in a single season.

    A fan of neither SF or Seattle

  28. ferretdog says: Mar 11, 2013 11:16 PM

    Vikings often get jobbed by teams but we have a pretty good track record with the Seahawks. We traded Millard for a 2nd round pick and Millard plated two games. We got Steve Hutchinson and put in a “poison pill” so Seattle turned around and signed Nate Burleson from the Vikes for $49 million(!!!!) and put in THEIR poison pill so we could not sign him back. Oh no not that!!!!

  29. forty9asty says: Mar 11, 2013 11:28 PM

    9ers fan here, and i’ll admit I was hoping we would go after Harvin. When healthy, dude does it all. Kinda crazy he wants to be paid like Megatron and Fitz though. For Seattle’s sake, I hope he wanted out of Min more than he wanted a huge deal, I just don’t see them putting all that towards one player. Then we go out and trade for the sure-handed Boldin. Great move. As big as the rivalry between these teams is, you gotta admit the NFC West is shaping up to be a powerhouse division. So different from just a few years ago…

  30. stampnhawk says: Mar 11, 2013 11:46 PM

    For all the Vikings fans trying to put the Seahawks down to feel better….John Carlson?

    49’ers fans: Sure, congrats on the playoff run. Harvin’s not going to put Seattle over the top, some UFA defensive help, Wilson progression, egos under control, attention to detail, and and lack of injuries will do that.

    But if Seattle held in ATL in the last minute, they’d be going to SF, 4 weeks after beating SF 42-13 in a meaningful game for both teams…so Seattle’s not that far behind.

  31. steallayer says: Mar 11, 2013 11:48 PM

    All you people seem to forget, all those trades with the exception of Rice (who happens to be the hawks successful deep threat) were done pre Pete and John. These guys are king Midas to the NFL. Good luck SF, St . Louis, and Arizona. BUH BYE!

  32. pettytom says: Mar 11, 2013 11:54 PM

    Pretty sure Percy was happy to go to Washington because he heard weed was legalized up there. Don’t spend your money in all one place kid!

  33. cliffordc05 says: Mar 11, 2013 11:58 PM

    Since when did Bevell have personnel decisions? I could have sworn that a couple of guys named Pete Carroll and John Schneider made those calls in Seattle. Informed speculation can be valuable but it has to be at least somewhat informed.

    Pete and John are the ones who will be held accountable for the success or failure of this move. …… which is as it should be.

  34. squared80 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:02 AM

    Seahawks = Vikings West. They go for every Minnesota guy they can get. Burleson. Jackson. Rice. Harvin. Plus 4-5 other no-name players. Maybe Percy will be the very first one to actually pan out for them. He’d better for $10+ million a year. Of course, they said that about Rice, too.

  35. gatorprof says: Mar 12, 2013 12:05 AM

    Knew he would be traded to Seattle or Denver. He can smoke all the weed he wants without running afoul of the law.

  36. rufusporter says: Mar 12, 2013 12:52 AM

    Sidney Rice was a great pick-up for the Hawks. He catches everything thrown at him and has stayed healthy. He doesn’t have huge numbers because the Seahawks run the ball more than anyone else in the league and he had Tavaris Jackson throwing him the ball before DangeRuss came on board.

  37. decon49 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:03 AM

    you guys still bring up 42-13?

  38. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 12, 2013 1:12 AM

    Don’t assume Percy will pass that physical. He’s still recovering from the worst sprained ankle in history.

  39. The Prophet says: Mar 12, 2013 1:13 AM

    Every issue he had in Minnesota could be raced directly to issues with not having a contract worth what he’s put out every year since his rookie year.

    If a contract is in place, then Seattle has nothing to worry about. Sorry controversy mongers, but its the truth.

  40. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:21 AM

    Magic man…

    You’ve obviously never heard of the Herschel walker trade…

  41. iamthorny says: Mar 12, 2013 1:23 AM

    Oh, how I would love to see Seattle flunk him on his physical. Oh, how they owe the Vikings… Poison pill, anyone?

    Send Percy back to Minnesota with extremely decreased trade value. Now, that would settle the old poison pill score.

  42. checkdanews says: Mar 12, 2013 1:35 AM

    People need to look into things before they speak, they Seahawks even after this deal will have plenty of cap space, plus dropping/trading Washington, and dropping Obomanu, will free up more cap room, the front office of Seattle is one of the best.

  43. checkdanews says: Mar 12, 2013 1:37 AM

    And hey vikings fans, how John Carlson working out for you?

  44. cchicinfan says: Mar 12, 2013 1:50 AM

    Have loved Harvin in college and with Vikes. We gave up quite a lot, but if past PCJS personnel decisions are any guide, this should be a blast of a season coming up. Can’t wait!
    Go Hawks!

  45. dougy1970 says: Mar 12, 2013 5:54 AM

    Harvin plays too hard for his size to stay healthy today, and this risk will get worse each year.

    He is not a bad teammate, he just has issues with authority.

    Oh yeah, AJ Hawk is the softest linebacker in the NFL.

  46. theuglitruth says: Mar 12, 2013 6:10 AM

    The AZ Cards have to be thinking…I wonder if we can beat the Rams 2 times a year!

  47. 2ruefan says: Mar 12, 2013 8:49 AM

    Everybody saying that percy harvin is a LOCKER room cancer is clueless. Kris klewu (punter for minnie) just went on a seattlr radio station earlier and said that his locker was right next to his and that he didnt understand were all this locker room cancer stuff was coming from.
    **********************************************

    Give me a break Kluwe is KLUE-less. He spends more time blogging about Ray Guy and Gay marriage than concentrating on his own team. How about throwing a weight at Childress? How about screaming at your (very mild mannered) coach?
    How about essentially dissing your own QB (who BTW pretty much MADE your season last year by throwing about EVERY FRIGGIN pass he threw your way until you got hurt.

    How about all THOSE things, eh Kluwe? Maybe THAT is what people mean by he is a bad locker room presence you dork….

  48. mrseaballs says: Mar 12, 2013 10:55 AM

    Of course there’s always a chance he loves it in Seattle just like everybody else.

  49. mrseaballs says: Mar 12, 2013 11:14 AM

    I’m so happy to be a Seahawks fan. Harvin is only a small part of what we have to be excited about. This team has at least 10 all-pro worthy talents and is just getting started. Russell is a top 5 QB and Flynn is a starting caliber back-up. Best secondary in football coolest coach, richest owner and how about John Schneider! 3 years ago it was painful watching this team. Imagine them in another three years !

  50. tmalone1 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:16 PM

    I’m glad to see that the rest of the wood-work fans that didn’t come out after that playoff victory over the Saints are now coming out after the team is starting to become good, and are making moves. I liked them years ago when they were terrible, but now all these fans are jumping on the bandwagon, so it looks like I’ll be jumping off. at least now this season, they won’t have the terrible replacement referees helping them win games.

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